Thursday, February 22, 2007

New series coming up

We will be starting a 5 week series in Kid Kove March 4th called The Deep (exploring the depths of God's love). this will take us up to Easter when we will do a 1 week lesson called Snow (white as). then we will launch our church wide campaign on the family. this series will be 7 weeks long and correspond with the adult and student ministry teaching. We are calling it Soar - flying high with your family. It will be hot air balloon adventure theme. I am really looking forward to these upcoming series. We are writing them ourselves and hopefully doing some video stuff.

I have a few logos done up (nothing fancy as I don't have much in the way of programs) but I think they look alright. The Soar logo still needs some work. Let me know what you think.

Tuesday, February 20, 2007

Why am I a Children's Pastor?

One of the things that Children's Pastors/Directors hear alot when building a team is the "I'm not good with kids" or "I don't have the temperament for kids" or even "I can't relate to kids"

Over the years this has caused me to wonder and deliberate. I'm pretty introspective and question on my own heart often. When I first started in ministry children was under the umbrella of things I took care. My title was Christian Education. I refused to be called a Children's Pastor as if this were some sort of pariah. But through the years and under the influence of others (especially the Holy Spirit) I have become passionate about ministering to children and their families. So why am I a Children's Pastor? First of all why I am not a CP:

1. Because I am naturally skilled or talented a it: Not so, everything I do I've learned to do. Any person who has a small degree of intelligence can do this.

2. Because I couldn't find another position. Not true - I've been offered several times.

3. Because I don't want to grow up. While it certainly helps to enjoy kid things it also takes a mature person to be able to handle this job. Send the immatures to the student ministry. :)

4. Because I want free trips to summer camp every year and free admission to the skating rink during the lock-in. Give me a break

5. Because I can't relate to adults. I oversee over 200 adults who volunteer and have many parents who call me with questions and concerns. If you can't relate to adults your sunk.

6. Because I'm called to do it. Not sure If I'm called or if I just volunteered?

So why am I a Children's Pastor the Top 11

1. Because kids are hands down the most open people to God's truth and love in the world.
2. Because if Jesus came to my church in human form He would volunteer with the kids.
3. Because if we don't reach this generation of kids the church in America is in deep trouble.
4. Because almost 40% of the world is a kid. The largest and ripest harvest ever!
5. Because God has His eyes squarely on this generation of kids. I believe its where its at!
6. Because parents need committed people to come along side them and be partners in raising kids who love Jesus.
7. Because there are not enough people who really care about kids in the world.
8. Because I want to change the world and the only people who really do that work with kids. Jesus knew this. So did Hitler.
9. Satan is obsessed with destroying kids. He pours billions of dollars every year into doing this.
10. Kids are authentic and really have nothing they want from you other than real love and some reasonable rules designed to protect them. They also forgive mistakes (like the ppt slide has a misspelled word) real quickly.
11. This is the bonus. I think it is totally cool to be my kid's pastor. Of course this will only last so long but while it lasts I really enjoy it.

Considering all this who wouldn't want to invest their life in children?

So will I always be a Children's Pastor I don't know. But I will always work with and invest my life in kids.

Getting slimed in 2003

Friday, February 16, 2007

Happy Valentine's Day

Our family celebrated Valentine's Day on Tuesday due to Awana. We have a tradition of making homemade heart shaped pizzas and drinking milk through heart straws. Of course we give the boys a little something and then Patsy and I give each other a little something as well. this year she gave me a biography of Walt Disney I have been wanting. It's a DVD narrated by Dick Van Dyke. We've watched half of it so far. David really liked getting a present too and he really liked having a Valentine cookie!
Wednesday was Red Night in Awana along with a Valentine's Day party. My there was a ton of chocolate and sugar changing hands that night. The kids went home all suped up. That combined with the little parties our weekday preschool had and I'm sure I gained back some of the weight I've lost since Christmas.

This picture is the 1st and 2nd graders in game time

Tuesday, February 06, 2007

More photos of David and Chace

Blake plays with Chace
Daddy the tickler
Chace (correct spelling)

Tanner and Blake love to help out
David is Patsy's boy!
It's so good to see him smile

Its been a couple of weeks since we first opened our hearts and home to David and Chace and I think its fair to say they have won over our hearts. These tow boys are such precious little guys and they have already made tremendous strides. Blake and Tanner are so good with them too. We are still adjusting but I know we all feel that it's worth the adjustment.